Meditation is a method by which an individual seriously contemplates past, present or future events. It can be beneficial in helping you relax and experience less stress in your life, and can even assist in stopping panic attacks. It can also help you become more positive as well as helping in attaining important goals.
This world is stressful. From the hustle and bustle of driving to work, being under pressure to exhibit peak performance at work, to being the perfect parent at home, all adults are under stress. It does not stop with adults either. Children are expected to make top marks in school and to be the perfect offspring. And the list goes on.
So, how can you and everyone else deal with the day to day stress and find time to stop and relax occasionally? Meditation might be the answer. You may ask, “How can thinking about something bring results like that?” You would be surprised what deep thinking can accomplish.
One inventor would take about 3 hours each day, go into a dark room and think, just think. There were no distractions, and because he was free to think anything, he wound up getting hundreds of patents. Some were patents that others had gotten, but the inventions did not work, and he discovered how to make them work. He became rich just from thinking. Never underestimate the power of thought.
When you are stressed out and need to relax, consider meditation. Taking some very simple steps can help you relax more and experience less stress.
What are some of these steps?
- Find or create a calm, quiet environment with no distractions. Make sure there are no interruptions by family or friends.
- Wear comfortable clothes that do not bind.
- Choose a comfortable position.
- Close your eyes if that helps with distractions.
- Breathe deeply.
- Concentrate on being very relaxed and peaceful.
- Focus on your breathing if you have trouble focusing on being relaxed.
- Remain positive.
You may find that the hardest thing about meditation is staying focused on your goal of relaxing and experiencing less stress. Disruptive thoughts (what do I want for dinner, what to wear tomorrow etc.) can create problems with your focus. It takes discipline and determination to stayed focused. If you find that, for some reason with this particular session, you cannot remain focused, it might be best to stop. Another time might work better for you.
If you can keep your focus, then continue for a time until you have attained your objective. You should be very relaxed with a normal heartbeat, breathing easily and feeling good. Some have even found that a meditation session helps them get balanced even if they are sleep deprived. However, this does not replace a good night’s sleep.
If you have trouble relaxing and feel stressed out most of the time, meditation could be a solution for you. After all, it is drug free and cost free and could be a great help to you.
About Jamila Gorman
Jarmila is a writer in the personal development niche with a strong – and ever-growing – desire to help people create their dream lives. She is a passionate student of the amazing abilities and potential of the human mind. From her lifelong love of athletics came an interest in finding out just what the words “limit” means; and how to get the mind past its whining to push on and do more. Years of ultra-cycling and an attitude of “bring it on, I can do this” have honed her ability to overcome self-imposed limitations in other areas of her life, a skill she now shares with a worldwide audience. Jarmila is a writer with a goal to inspire you to LIVE your life, on purpose, out loud and with a big smile on your face. You can find more of Jarmila’s articles on meditation at the Silva Method Life. When she is not writing, Jarmila is outside taking photographs, hiking the Colorado mountains or cycling to the far horizon.